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St. Joseph's Golf Tournament Announcement

Golfer and Hold Sponsorship Form

The Knights will be teaming up with the St. Joseph Men's Club to sponsor and host the annual St. Joseph Catholic School Golf Tournament, this year to be held in memory of two terrific former Knights, Bubba Marchant and Rick Heithaus. The event will be held on Oct 27 at Cobbs Glen Golf Club in Anderson and we would really appreciate an enthusiastic turnout and active support to honor these two fine Catholic gentlemen and community leaders. As in years past, all net proceeds will go directly to St. Joseph School to support of our Children. And nothing is more precious than that.

How can you help? Here's a few ways....
  1. Put together a foursome. Fees are $80 per golfer or $320 per foursome. If you don't have a foursome, sign up as a single and we will assign you to a group. (If you’re a lousy golfer and don’t want to embarrass yourself, don’t sweat it. You fit right in!) NOTE: Money is not due until mid-October
  2. Be a hole sponsor in memory of loved ones or solicit hole sponsorships from your company, your insurance provider, your personal doctor, barber or whoever. Sponsorships are $100 per hole or you can elect to be a major contributor (see below).
  3. Provide some door prizes or seek donations from your company or businesses you patronize. Meal cards or gift certificates from local restaurants, beauty shops, auto repair shops, etc. are always good. Whatever you can get will be welcome!
  4. We will need a few volunteers the date of the event to place the signage, take registrations, arrange door prizes, etc. Contact me if you can help.
  5. We are looking for additional sponsorship from local companies, banks or even your family. The schedule is still being finalized, but for example, the donation levels may look something like this:

Preliminary Sponsor Levels:

  1. Platinum Sponsor - $1,000+
    • Two foursomes, Hole Sponsor signage, Registration signage and special recognition in the program
  2. Gold Sponsor - $500
    • One foursome, Hole Sponsor signage and special recognition in the program
  3. Silver Sponsor - $250
    • Hole Sponsor signage and special recognition in the program


Again, the details on this stuff will be worked out and communicated to all, but you get the picture. If you think you know someone who might be interested give me a call and I can contact them or you can yourself if that works better for you.

The registration form for golfers and hole sponsorship is linked to this article in PDF format. Please fill it in and return it to me or Tom Morris at your earliest convenience.

End of Summer Lake Social

This year’s Lake Social will be held at the home of Kim and Tom Holahan. Please join us and bring the family! You are welcome to go swimming off of our dock, take a boat ride, paddle in a kayak, or just float and watch the clouds float by. Of course sitting and just visiting with old friends and making new ones is always in vogue.

As in years past, the Council will provide the main course along with soft drinks, however everyone is welcome to bring their favorite summer side dish…a salad, dessert, snacks. We will plan on eating in mid-afternoon so those who want to go to 5PM Mass will have time to socialize and get to Church on time.


Details on location and how to RSVP Tom will be in the members only Council Documents section on this website.

Grand Knight's Report


One Month down and 11 more to go in this fraternal year. July was very productive!  I want to thank Jimmy for sponsoring the pool party! In July we completed our Audit to which the trustee reported we were in good shape. Our budget was presented for it first reading there were a few changes recommended from the floor these will be made submitted to the trustee and voted on at the next meeting. So a lot of behind the scene work has been going on already. I really can’t thank those responsible enough. In August we will begin collecting for the yard sale, we will help with an eclipse party, and ministry weekend at St. Joseph and finally we will have our council annual Family day at Tom’s House.


Speaking of the budget this year we plan on donating about $14,000 dollars we also average about 6000 to 7000 volunteer hours a year from this council alone! In the Gospel of Mathew Jesus tells us to be the Light. We are being that Light in Anderson. I challenge each of you to continue to be that Light in Anderson. Be that Light to your family, brother knights, parishioners, and neighbors! The KofC nationally gave: $177,500,673 and 75 million man hours the state gave $1,044,565 and 325,894 manhours. If we want to continue to be that Light we must give other men the opportunity to join our order our brotherhood.


Council activities:
8/21/17 ellipse viewing party St. Joe’s
8/26/17 begin Yard sale pick ups
8/26/17 Family Day


District Events:
Pickens Assembly 3065 Family Cookout 8/26/17 (same day as ours) See Zach for more details if


State Events/Items:
SC Men’s conference in Chapin on March 3rd

The state charity drive has begun I have the tickets (two tickets per Knight) 

If we make our goal 9 members by December the state officers will make us breakfast 

There is another Ultrasound being run in the upstate 

3rd degree in Aiken 8/20/17 

3rd and 2 nd degree in Greenville 9/23/17
4th degree coming up in 9/30/17 in Charleston


Just like our council Membership is a big priority for the state we went from being 15th in the
country to 3rd to last.  Membership!!!!!

Grand Knight's Report - Addendum

Brother Knights,

I want to thank those of you that were able to come to the meeting this week.  It was our first meeting of the year!  I also want to thank Dan Amic for providing the meal.  I set a personal record and completed the business meeting in 1 hour!  I certainly hope to see more of you next month, August 1st at St. Mary’s, dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the business meeting will start at 7pm.  Please come and enjoy the fellowship and fraternity. Please remember our regular social will not happen this month but we will be having our Annual Pool Party at Jimmy’s house. There were a couple of action items from the meeting I would like to address:


1) For all you 3rd degree Knights that are thinking of becoming 4th degrees there will be a 4th degree exemplification on September 30, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charleston SC.

2) There will be a 2nd (formation) and 3rd (knighthood) degree on September 23, 2017 in Greenville
3) Link to supreme webinars:


Vivat Jesus


Jimmy R.'s Pool Party / July Social

Brother Knights,


Jim Rugino's Pool Party starts Saturday, 7/15, at 4:30pm.  Bring the family, a covered dish to share, and whatever you want to cook on the grille.  Plates, cutlery, and refreshments will be provided by the Council.  Please visit the Members Only --> Council Documents section (login with your membership # and birthdate) of this website for directions and a map to his home, to avoid having them publicly posted on the website!


Don Bader

Grand Knight's Report

My Brother Knights and friends thank you for being here tonight at our first meeting of the year (or reading this). I think we should start this year by thanking God in giving us all the ability to serve our church, council and community. The next group that deserves thanks is our families and finally thank you my brothers for what you do. In John Ch 13:34-35 Jesus says to the disciples “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” The first principle of our order is charity and Catechism explains in that charity is the theological virtue by which we love god therefore Jesus makes Charity the new commandment by loving his own “to the end” I look forward to this year as we go forth in Charity sweet name in advancing the kingdom of God in Anderson through our Actions!


The officers had a planning meeting with the exiting officers and incoming officers we all agreed we want to council to continue to support the parishes of St. Mary’s and St. Josephs along with our other organizations and activities. We agreed for the council the major goal for this year has to be Membership growth this is vital to continued success of the council. We are at a vital point in the council’s history where we have to start taking membership very seriously. Starting in August we will be forming a Membership board that helps guide the council’s membership efforts if you have any thoughts or would like to serve please let me know. Again, and finally the council cannot accomplish any goals without all of you I know you will all work diligently on bring in new members and the various other activities. Look for more to come.


Last Month’s events:
We had our officer’s installation in June
Social at J peters
The officers also meet for a planning meeting for this year.
Columbus Hope collection


Upcoming events:
There will be a Columbus hope state meeting July 15th
There will be a Grand Knights state meeting on July 22nd
Jimmy’s pool party
There will be a Formation (2nd) and Knighthood (3rd) degree in September 23, 2017


Vivat jesus


Installation/Investiture of New Officers for 2017-18 Council Year

6/13/2017: The installation/investiture of Officers of Father Francis A. Friend Council 8295 Knights of Columbus for the term July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will take place this Saturday, June 17, at St Joseph’s Father Francis A. Friend Hall at 10am. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 5 MINUTES EARLY.  Officers to be installed should wear coat and tie for the ceremony. Wives, family and friends are welcome to attend as well.

June 2017 Meeting Minutes and GK Report

6/12/2017. The meeting minutes and GK report for our June 2017 Council meeting held on 6/6/2017 have been added to the Meeting Minutes section and Council Documents section of the website, respectively.

Columbus Hope Tootsie Roll Drive

6/11/2017: Brother Knights and Friends! Our next “Special Olympics” Tootsie Roll drive is the Brown Rd./Liberty Hwy. Walmart on July 7,8 and 9 of 2017.  Collections this year are down significantly due to lack of volunteers. We currently have over 1/3rd of the time slots still without volunteers.  When we get the yellow cans in front of people we can really bring in the donations!  Please consider volunteering with a family member, friend or group.  Maybe the scouts, youth group, men’s club, rosary guild, or other organizations we’ve supported over the years can step up and help?


Thanks again and please consider helping this very worthwhile cause! If you can’t volunteer consider making a donation. Last time we received two donations which really helped.  


The current version of the signup sheet (as of this posting date) is in the Council Documents section of this website.  Please reply to Bill Willmering to let him know when you can help and also supply a good contact phone number. 

Elected Officers for 2017-18 Fraternal Year

Officers for Fraternal Year 2017-18

6/10/2017: Elections were held for new officers for the 2017-18 Fraternal Year.  The results of the election are in an attachment with this announcement.  Thanks to all of our outgoing officers, and good luck to all of our incoming ones!

Knights of Columbus Council #8295 Flyer

4/25/2017: A copy of the Knights of Columbus flyer included in the St. Mary's Easter Weekend, 2017, bulletin has been added to the Council Documents section.  It is in an easily viewable/printable PDF format.  Rick Heithaus suggested that it might be a great new membership recruitment tool.

Past Council #8295 Grand Knights


Name of GK



Name of GK


Jerry Carroll – Charter GK

3/26/83  - 1984


Peter Delorme

1995 – 1996

Clifford A Reedy

1984 - 1985


Frank Harper

1996 – 1997

John J Donnelly

1986 – 1988


Dennis Malloy

1997  - 1998

William A Toth

1986 – 1988


James Rugino

1998 – 2000

Clifford A Reedy

1988 - 1989


Wayne Morris

2000 – 2001

Richard E Blind

1989 – 1990


Robert D Olson

2001 – 2004

Clifford A Reedy

1990 – 1991


Donald F Bader

2004 – 2006

Gregory R Williams

1991 – 1992


Angel J Lacabe

2006 – 2007

Leslie D Parks

1992 - 1993


Mark J Baroni

2007 – 2009

Richard Delorme

1993 – 1994


Richard M Heithaus

2009 - 2012

Steven F Weiser

1994 – 1995


Mike Massey

2012 - 2013


Robert Morrissette



Zach Slaughter



Rodrigo Fernandez



Zach Slaughter